Snowy Timber at Sweet Marsh - Image 537328 - (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 12-3-18

  Learning, Comparing, Enjoying Due to a special response team I am on, I have been able to put my camera and GPS skills to use beyond my typical tasks. Today’s mission was to figure out if it is possible to geotag image files recorded with a basic point and shoot camera that is not equipped …

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Feeder - Image 534518 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 11-18-18

  I Bet That Was Noisy and Nuthatch Family Dynamics At Sweet Marsh today I noticed a path from a boat ramp, out into the ice (breaking through), circling for a good distance, then coming back to the ramp. My best guess is this was created by a waterfowl hunter hoping for some late season …

Red-tailed Hawk on Utility Pole - Image 530506 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-27-18

  From the Road Due to several important commitments today, I did not spend much time wandering the woods or waterways. I did, however, make a trip to Sweet Marsh and the Wapsipinicon River to see if anything unusual was happening. I watched as this great egret caught and ate a nice size bluegill trapped …

Dead Canvasback Duck - Image 529499 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-25-18

  A Simple Request From the seat of my truck I found this dead canvasback duck. When I looked closer, it appeared the duck had been shot and the breast meat removed. Then the remains of the duck appear to have been tossed into the grass not far from where vehicles pass. I understand hunting, …

Mature Milkweed Pod - Image 529318 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comment 10-23-18

  No Time, Nothing Seen When your day does not include any free time more than a few minutes to go for a drive, you don’t generally see much. For me today, that was no exception. I taught classes all day and at the end of the day was limited on what I could do. …

Great Egret at Sweet Marsh - Image 528431 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-18-18

  Wow, What a Surprise! Yesterday, when I was not carrying all of my camera equipment, I came across an adult black-crowned night heron. I was not able to shoot the type of pictures I wanted. Today I visited the same area in hopes of getting a second chance to photograph the interesting bird. As …

Garter Snake - Image 526468 - Head (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-9-18

  A Pause in the Rain = Something For Most For just a few moments today I noticed the sky was brighter than it has been over the past few days. As one of many who has desperately been waiting for a period of dryness, I quickly headed out with my Nikon to try to …

Ring-billed Gulls on Dock at Lake Red Rock - Image 526188 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 10-5-18 through 10-7-18

  Rainy Day Images The past few days, actually much longer than that, have been wet. Some days we have drizzle, some days we have rain, most days with have both. Clouds have hidden the sun and made for dreary attitudes. Moist or not, I decided to get out to enjoy our outdoors and the …

Backlit Pickerelweed at Sweet Marsh - Image 519672 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 8-18-18

  Lotus, Lilies, and More This morning I was able to spend time in one of my happy places – Sweet Marsh. When I first arrived at the marsh I was a little disappointed. The view from the boat ramp was a narrow channel bordered on both sides by aquatic vegetation that certainly would challenge …

Common Yellowthroat at Sweet Marsh - Image 515047 (© Kip Ladage)

Kip’s Comments 7-29-18

  A Quiet Morning Walk Fog, dew, quietness…perfect conditions for an early morning walk at Sweet Marsh.    Being a fellow who really enjoys a prairie, especially when early morning light is bringing it to life, I could not resist wandering through the wet wildflowers before my trek along the wetlands. I saw no plant …